The “Old World” look of natural stone is more popular than ever in kitchens today, but people often ask how they can create this look on a budget. The answer may be in a new generation of laminate countertops that mimic the look of stone surfaces at a much lower price.
These finishes are known by different names, depending on the manufacturer, but you’ll find them listed as “honed,” “etched” or “textured” surfaces. Subtle indentations and crevices create the illusion of real stone, not only to the eye, but to the touch as well. Coupled with a choice of a matte or polished finish they can create a kitchen with a very rich look on a shoestring budget.
Of course the brand, color and edge treatments you choose will make a difference but on an average, these laminates will cost 50-65% less than a true stone surface.